The Pennfield boys’ basketball team had the ball in the final seconds of regulation in Tuesday’s Interstate Eight Conference home matchup with Coldwater.
But the would-be game-winner didn’t fall at the buzzer for the Panthers, and the Cardinals’ Logan Targgart did most of his damage in overtime to help Coldwater come away with a 61-53 victory over Pennfield.
Targgart, an All-Conference defensive lineman with a frame to match, scored the first six points in the extra period, helping him to finish with an impressive double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds.
“He did an outstanding job with 15 rebounds,” said Coldwater interim coach Quinn Berry said of Targgart. “The senior really wanted it. He really came to play tonight, he said after our Jackson Northwest game, he didn’t want to lose another game like this.”
The loss dropped Pennfield to 9-7 overall and 3-7 in the I-8, while Coldwater improved to 3-12 overall and 2-9 in the league.
“I knew their record was what their record was and we kind of handled them the first time, but they are Coldwater — they always seem to show up and play,” said Pennfield coach Steve Grimes. “They made shots when we needed them to not make shots, especially down the stretch when we had a lead.”
A rebound and putback by Pennfield’s Ryan Lowe in the closing minutes of regulation gave the Panthers a 49-45 lead. But a quick basket by Coldwater and a traveling call on Pennfield set up the Cardinals’ Collin Warner for a running jump shot inside the final minute to tie the game at 49-49.
Warner finished with a game-high 17 points.
In overtime, Targgart had back-to-back putbacks to put Coldwater up 55-51. Pennfield’s Brandun Rugg answered by weaving through traffic to sink a contested layup with 1:15 to go, but the Cardinals managed to get to the line where they put the game away.
Free throws played a big role in the game’s outcome, as Coldwater finished 18-of-26 while Pennfield was 0-for-1.
“26-1 on free throws, you’re not going to win many like that,” Grimes said. “I wanted that one to get our 10th win and now it’s going to be a dogfight just to have a winning record with everyone we got left on the schedule. We just have to keep plugging away, hopefully get a little momentum going into the districts like everybody wants.”
Pennfield was led on the night by Deviare Todd with 11 points, including 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc. Also for the Panthers, Ron Jamierson and Ryan Lowe had 10 points apiece, with Lowe adding four blocks and seven rebounds. Steffen Kinne also had a nice game on the glass with 10 rebounds to go with his eight points.
For Coldwater, Luke Beckhusen added 10 points and six rebounds and two steals.
“A real big win, mainly because these kids have fought hard all year, we’ve had some injuries and sickness all year long, and we should be a good ballclub,” Berry said. “I think we’re a team to reckon with come districts.”